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2014 Toiyabe Road Run ResultsOver 100  people turned up on a...

2014 Toiyabe Road Run Results

Over 100  people turned up on a beautiful fall morning for the 33rd anniversary Toiyabe Road Run on November 2 at the Millpond Recreation Center.  Runners and walkers had a great time completing the 1K, 5K and 10K races.  3 new race records were set, and awards, food, raffle prizes, and costume contest rounded out a full morning.  In addition to being a fun and healthy community event, the Toiyabe Road Run is a fundraiser for the Jill Kinmont Indian Education Fund which provides scholarships for Native American youth.  Last year the race raised nearly $1,400 dollars.  

Amber Stoerp won the women’s 10K in 50:15, a new course record for the women’s 20-29 age group.  She was followed by Katie Larsen, who finished in 55:31, and Sally Gaines, who finished in 57:52.

Dan Yarborough was the fastest male 10K finisher with a time of 40:31.  Yarborough already holds the record for the men’s 40-49 age division and now holds the record in the 50-59 age division as well!  James McGovern finished second in 46:32 and Oliver Litchfield took third in 47:23.  Kai Cokeley beat his own record in the men’s under 13 age division in 57:30.

In the 5K event, Sarah Land won the women’s race in 25:55, followed by Alexia Craven in second in 27:04 and Ariel Wilbur in third in 33:35.  The fastest Native American women’s finisher in the 5K was Cecelia Odell in 35:01.

Duncan Reid won men’s 5K race in 21:02.  Carson Reid finished second in 21:35, and Michael McLin finished third in 24:23.  The fastest Native American men’s finisher in the 5K was Tony Brown in 33:15.

In the predict-your-time 5K event, the closest run/walkers were Sara Land (only 13 seconds off her predicted time!), Ty Chappell (17 seconds off), Grady Schaniel (24 seconds off), Lisa Craven Reid (46 seconds off), and Tom Schaniel (55 seconds off).

Age group winners in the men’s and women’s 10K event were:

Age     Name                                      Time               Age     Name                               Time  

>12      Kai Cokeley                            57:30               >12      –                              –

20-29   Oliver Litchfield                     47:23               20-29   Amber Stoerp          50:15

30-39   James McGovern                    46:32              30-39   Katie Larsen           55:31      

50-59   Dan Yarborough                     40:31               50-59   Lesley Byberg       63:11

60-69   Les Inafuku                             63:23               60-69   Sally Gaines        57:52

The Longevity Award for the oldest entrant went to Ellen Siegal, age 78, who participated in the 1K.  The Inspirational Award was given to Kellen McGovern, age 3, who has serious medical issues but still managed to power through to finish the 1K in fine form.  The Native American Elder Award, a pair of beaded moccasins made by Carmen Williams, went to Ty Chappell of the Utu Utu Gawitu Paiute Tribe of Benton who participated the 5K.

In keeping with Road Run tradition, all participants who finished the 1K Fun Walk and all youth 12 and under were awarded a participation medal.  5K and 10K winners were awarded a variety of prizes, including beautiful mugs by Francis Cholewa and canvas photographs by Alex Pollini.

Toiyabe Preventive Medicine Program. Bishop, CA



We would like to welcome our 2016 Healthy Native Communities Fellowship Fellows to their first learning session. This took place in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona on February 28 through March 4, 2016. We have 8 teams, 16 individuals representing Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah. It was a time of building rapport, deep listening and beginning a year  of support, learnings, overcoming challenges and being there for one another. WELCOME

Just Move It

Just Move It (JMI) is a North American campaign promoting physical activity for Indigenous People.
JMI successfully engages communities toward an ambitious goal: to get 1 million Indigenous People moving.

Preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, are hitting Indigenous populations at staggering rates. By expanding physical activity as part of a community lifestyle, a foundation of wellness can be built to fight this trend.

Many Indigenous communities are already taking steps to promote physical activity. JMI aims to strengthen these efforts by sharing what is working and building networks of Indigenous communities and programs.

Since 2005, our JMI website at offers partners access to resources and a vast network of support. JMI Partners stay connected and learn from each other by tracking their JMI events and experiences registering on the JMI website.

Racial Healing and Racial Equity
The WK Kellogg Foundation released their 2015 Annual Report. The articles, videos and interactive content within this year’s report reflects the long racial equity journey the foundation has been on as well as provides insights and information from experts in the field about the barriers to opportunity for communities of color. Click on the link to learn more:
Healthy Native Communities Fellowship

The Healthy Native Communities Fellowship (HNCF) engages a diverse cross-section of emerging leaders through collaborative learning grounded in Native spiritual and cultural perspectives. This grassroots leadership development initiative brings together a diverse cross- section of individuals from throughout Indian Country.

The HNCF consists of three one-week leadership retreats enriched by ongoing coaching, peer mentorship and "FellowSpace" activities between retreats. These retreats work to cultivate Community connectedness by nurturing talents, building leadership, drawing on cultural and spiritual resources to enhance Community wellness.

The Fellowship develops and supports teams of change agents to lead creative wellness strategies in Native Communities. Fellows who complete the initial year-long Fellowship are invited to participate in HNCF years toward three where they apply their tools, strengthen their coalitions and focus on tracking Community changes and outcomes.

The Fellows represent a cross-section of their communities and unique partnerships between health systems, local organizations and Community members committed to improving the health and well-being of their Native Communities. Applying what they learned, they work collaboratively with Community members to listen, dialogue, take action on and reflect/evaluate on Community- identified issues.

Since 2005, more than 300 Fellows have graduated from the program and are working to bring positive change to their communities and organizations.

Creating Community Circles for Change - C4

Throughout North America, Native people are working together locally to address health disparities and building solutions to promote wellness in the lives of their people, families, and communities. These Native change agents often feel like they are working on their own – disconnected from each other and from the support and resources that could help sustain their efforts.

HNCP's Wellness Resource Network supports Tribes and Native Communities in sharing best and promising practices for wellness and helps to connect these champions on the front lines of change. Members tap into a rich web of resources including customized trainings and proven tools in public health, leadership development, and participatory community wellness planning. Creating Community Circles for Change (C4) workshops connect people working on the front lines of change to share what works for wellness in Native communities

The goal of the New Mexico Native Communities Wellness Network, is to build a strong New Mexico network of learning and action for social transformation among the many grassroots activists working to renew and strengthen the quality of life in families and Native communities. Specific focus areas during 2015 and 2016 include promotion of breastfeeding and supporting healthy weight among youth.

Alaska's Regional Wellness Network builds on the strong foundation of more than 30 alumni of the Healthy Native Communities Fellowship. They gather with their community partners monthly for "Coffee, Tea, and Tools" to share effective practices for Alaska Native village and community engagement.

Since 2005, HNCP has supported the growing California Regional Wellness Network – providing support to the yearly California Native Wellness Health Forum, connecting Just Move It partners to share their stories, and providing training to digital storytellers across the state.

Morongo THRIVE Event

The Just Move It (JMI) California Partners Team was invited to provide a table at the Morongo THRIVE Wellness Community Event on August 6th.  The THRIVE Event, hosted by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Office & Staff, provided a health fair with many local resource organizations for the community spanning from Barstow to Indio in the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside in Southern California.  The JMI CA Team offered support for our CA Partners in attendance, the Morongo Fitness Center and the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health Diabetes Program, and provided information about the Just Move It website.  Participants that stopped by the table received a handout on how to access their regional activities on the Just Move It webpage, nice reuseable spacesaver waterbottles, and a chance to win a great tote bag which included four JMI CA Challenge Tshirts and the Physical Activity Kit (PAK).  There were about 75 community participants and 150 total in attendance at the Morongo THRIVE Wellness Event.

Just Move It - CA

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